Well yall, seems like every other team in the majors has been busy lately. I have not heard so much as a whisper of a rumor that Purpura has even discussed anything with the other GMs at the winter meetings. So we have lost Woody Williams to San Diego – I understand that we would not make an offer even though he has always wanted to play for his hometown team.
We have lost AA pitcher DJ Houlton to the Rule 5 draft.
We have not made any effort whatsoever, to my knowledge, to try to find anyone for the rotation, the bullpen or the outfield, besides some loose talk about Jose Cruz, Jr. and Jeromy Burnitz that hasn’t gone anywhere.
No word of contract negotiations for Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt or Adam Everett. I don’t know what they’re doing. All the Roger/Andy talk last year kept the Stros in the papers during the winter and added excitement – AND increased ticket sales. If Drayton McLean really thinks that he will have the same sort of sales this year without a good team who just might could win, that dude is just plain loco…..
I have, of course, asked Santa for Carlos Beltran. Among other things.
I do wish yall a Merry Christmas, for those of yall who celebrate it, Happy Winter Soltice Holidays for those of yall who celebrate it, and a good work break for everyone who gets one. Good health and happiness to everyone!!!!!!